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The 2022-2023 Flagpole Guide To Athens, GA

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Athens’ many annual events include festivals, parades, fundraisers, sporting events, craft markets and outdoor fun among other things. After COVID shuffled around and postponed many favorites, a lot of familiar happenings have returned. Check Flagpole’s weekly calendar in print and at flagpole.com for a comprehensive community events roundup.

UGA Home Football Games 2022 | Dawg fans fill the stadium and overflow to occupy every nearby space with a TV and a tap. Sept. 10 Samford • Sept. 24 Kent State • Oct. 8 Auburn • Oct. 15 Vanderbilt • Nov. 5 Tennessee • Nov. 26 Georgia Tech. georgiadogs.com

Pride Fest | Sept. 17, 2022 | Welcoming and inclusive to all, this LGBTQIA+ community celebration also highlights local resources and activities. athenspride.org

Groovy Nights | Sept. 24, 2022 | Get your groove on with Project Safe for a ‘70s vs. ‘80s lip sync battle at the VFW. project-safe.org

North Georgia Folk Festival
| Sept. 24, 2022 | Enjoy a day of outstanding folk music at sprawling Sandy Creek Park. athensfolk.org

Wildwood Revival | Sept. 30–Oct. 2, 2022 | A grown-up, camp-out, upscale, ecology-friendly festival of music from country to rock to jazz to hip hop and more. wildwoodrevival.com

LatinxFest | Oct. 1, 2022 | Celebrate with the local Latinx community during National Hispanic Heritage Month. latinxfestath.com

Boo-le-Bark on the Boulevard | Oct. 2, 2022 | Rain or shine, show off your pup’s best Halloween attire. barkonboulevard.com

PorchFest | Oct. 2, 2022 | The Athens music scene kicks up on front porches all over Athens’ walkable intown neighborhoods for a tuneful afternoon/evening ramble. historicathens.com

AthHalf | Oct. 22–23, 2022 | AthFest Educates’ half-marathon and 5K highlights live music along its meandering course and is designed to showcase Athens and UGA. athhalf.com

Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle | Oct. 29, 2022 | Don your best costume and howl at the moon on Halloween weekend. Kids events, music and more. wildrumpus.org

Downtown Parade of Lights | Dec. 1, 2022 | Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus make their way through downtown and wind up at City Hall for a tree-lighting ceremony. accgov.com

Indie South Fair
| Dec. 10–11, 2022 | This large outdoor market of handcrafted and functional art has several other events throughout the year. theindiesouth.com

MLK Day Parade and Music Fest | Jan. 16, 2023 | The festival and the parade through downtown are sponsored by the Athens Anti-discrimination Movement and include music, dance, speeches and vendors. aadmovement.org

Dancing with the Athens Stars | Mar. 18, 2023 | Local celebrities work hard with their paired dancers for Project Safe at the Classic Center. project-safe.org

Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival | Mar. 25, 2023 | Comic and zine creators (lots of them) get together annually to share and sell their stuff at the 40 Watt Club. flukeathens.com

Boybutante Ball | April 2023 | A glamorous tradition at the 40 Watt features drag queens and kings raising funds for the Boybutante AIDS Foundation. boybutante.org

International Street Festival | April 2023 | Student and community groups present a day of music, art, food and more to showcase cultures from around the world. isl.uga.edu

G-Day Game | Apr. 15, 2023 | UGA’s free spring scrimmage provides fans a first look at next year’s football team. georgiadogs.com

Twilight Criterium
| Apr. 21–23, 2023 | This world-class bicycle race draws thousands downtown and includes lots of associated activities. athenstwilight.com

Indie South Fair | May 6–7, 2023 | This large outdoor market of handcrafted and functional art has several other events throughout the year. theindiesouth.com

Winterville Marigold Festival | May 13, 2023 | Music, food, arts and a day of fun for all ages in a quirky, cool pocket of Clarke County. marigoldfestival.com

Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival | June 2023 | Music, food and fellowship at Hull and Washington streets downtown, celebrating local black culture and commerce. hotcornerathens.weebly.com

Pride Parade | June 2023 | After Athens’ first overwhelmingly successful Pride Parade, the celebration will return downtown with floats, music, vendors and food. athenspride.org/parade

AthFest Music and Arts Festival | June 23–25, 2023 | Local and regional bands play the free outdoor stages located in downtown Athens. There’s also an artist market, kids activities, food and drink and more. athfest.com

Star-Spangled Classic | July 1, 2023 | Celebrate American independence with a fireworks display launched from Athens Ben Epps Airport. accgov.com